Hello all, here is a log intended to catalogue my progress with working on my budding ork army.
When I originally considered doing orks, I wanted to do a digger-like army of human barbarians following an orkish culture, similar to Proiteus' Kroggs project. However, I decided that having to convert every single model heavily was too much of a chore, so as a compromise I decided to just paint my orks in skin tones instead of green, making them look more like mutant humans (or small ogryn) and less like rubbery aliens.
These are the models I've finished so far - a warboss-type, plus a small unit of orks with spears and a grot shaman type in the middle. The grot is a kind of tribute to the savage humans idea, as he consists of a chaos marauder body with a goblin head.
Currently being built is a unit of mutant beast riders based on the classic notion of boar riders, but with the boars converted up to look more freakish. It's taking a while, but I'm enjoying the process.